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Ryan Grim

Bill Clinton: Sorry For The Drug War | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

Former President Bill Clinton apologized to Mexico during a speech there last week for a backfired U.S. war on drugs that has fueled spiraling violenc...

Sinaloa Cartel Leaders Charged In San Diego

AP | ELLIOT SPAGAT | Posted 03.18.2015 | Crime

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Top leaders of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel smuggled huge amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs to the United States, according to ...

Head Of One Of Mexico's Most Violent Drug Cartels Arrested

AP | JUAN A. LOZANO and CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics

HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. authorities announced Tuesday they have arrested the head of the Gulf Cartel, one of Mexico's most violent drug trafficking ring...

Perverse U.S. Drug Policies Promote Drug Addiction and Deaths

Allen Frances | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

The last 40 years prove conclusively that interdiction can't possibly win the war against the cartels. Illegal drugs are more available, stronger, and cheaper than ever. We have encouraged lawlessness and civil strife in every drug-producing nation.

Mexican Cartel Leader's Son Pleads Guilty

AP | Posted 10.06.2014 | Crime

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The son of one of the world's most wanted drug lords has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in San Diego. Serafin Zambada ...

Who'll Come First, Internet Jesus or Cyber Adolf?

Jim Treacy | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Jim Treacy

Conditions are rife for a global revolution, with channels to drive one ever strengthening. All that's missing is a charismatic leader to pull the strings. History imparts that person will arrive. Pray for goodness because it could be evil.

Suffer the Little Children

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

The Alliance for Progress did much good but it got pushed aside by the demands of our commitment in Vietnam and somehow withered away. In the intervening years, we have treated Latin America as a sideshow.

America's War on Drugs Ravages Central America -- And These Volunteer Paramedics Clean Up the Mess

Zach Weissmueller | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Zach Weissmueller

Guatemala is a major drug corridor between South America and Mexico. Narco gangs thrive in rural areas and along the southeastern border, while street gangs dominate the urban centers. As a result, the country's capital, Guatemala City, has one of the highest murder rates in the world.

The Envelope, Please! Announcing The First Annual 'Blurbie' Awards for Truly Ridiculous PR

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.05.2014 | Media
Peter Mandel

As a travel writer whose inbox is always jam-packed with profound and deeply moving press releases, it started me thinking. Wasn't it high time that the finest of these works earned the recognition they deserve?

Mexico Begins Transformation Of Vigilante Movement

AP | ALBERTO ARCE | Posted 05.13.2014 | Latino Voices

TEPALCATEPEC, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's government on Saturday began demobilizing a vigilante movement of assault-rifle-wielding ranchers and farmers t...

Border Wars

James Moore | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
James Moore

While drug runners and police officers fire at each other on camera, community leaders shoot themselves in the foot by allowing access to these scenes. Self-inflicted wounds tend to be the worst kind.

Mexico Vigilantes Kill 5 Suspected Drug Cartel Supporters

AP | GUSTAVO RUIZ | Posted 04.29.2014 | Latino Voices

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — Five suspected drug cartel supporters are dead after vigilantes fighting the Knights Templar cartel in western Mexico engaged...

Drugs Aren't Top Source Of Income For Cartel

AP | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO | Posted 03.17.2014 | Latino Voices

LAZARO CARDENAS, Mexico (AP) — Forget crystal meth. The pseudo-religious Knights Templar drug cartel in western Mexico has diversified to the point ...

Things Aren't Going That Well For Mexico's Vigilante Movement

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 03.12.2014 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's vigilante "self-defense" groups have been riven by internal disputes after driving the vicious Knights Templar drug cart...

Officials: Man Killed In Shootout Was Cartel Leader Reported Dead In 2010

AP | ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON | Posted 03.09.2014 | World

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Forensic evidence indicates a man killed in an early morning shootout with marines in western Mexico was a leader of the Knights ...

Mexican Police Stop Protest For Drug Kingpin

AP | Posted 03.03.2014 | Latino Voices

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — Police in northern Mexico detained about 40 people Sunday who were apparently planning to demonstrate in support of captured...

Guatemala: Fighting for the Future

Barbara Borst | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Barbara Borst

Claudia Paz y Paz sits at the center of the struggle for justice in Guatemala. As the public prosecutor, or national attorney general, she has launched investigations and prosecutions that have put both drug lords and war criminals in jail. But she has been told to step down in May.

Drugs, Cock Fights and Iron Ore -- a Chinese Connection to the Michoacán Crisis?

Luis A. Marentes | Posted 04.12.2014 | Latino Voices
Luis A. Marentes

I look forward to investigative reporters digging deeper into the causes and consequences of the current Michoacán crisis to help us understand the many layers that lay behind a conflict that is often reported as one between evil extortionists and a noble popular uprising.

Alleged Cartel Leader's Son Captured By Mexican Troops

AP | ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON | Posted 01.31.2014 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers and marines captured the son of the alleged leader of a drug cartel during a raid Thursday near the western city...

Banks Launder Billions of Illegal Cartel Money While Snubbing Legal Marijuana Businesses

Avinash Tharoor | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Avinash Tharoor

The hypocrisy of the role that banks play in the drug trade is particularly disgraceful when considering the recent system of marijuana regulation that was introduced in Colorado.

Mexican Director Amat Escalante Speaks About Being on Martin Scorsese's Jury in Marrakech

Karin Badt | Posted 02.05.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

"I came because of Martin Scorsese," Mexican director Amat Escalante said, explaining his reason for accepting a position as member of the jury at the...

'Narco Cultura' Takes You Inside The World Of Drug Violence

Posted 11.21.2013 | Latino Voices

With and AK-47 and a bazooka on my shoulder/ cross my path and I’ll chop your head off/ We’re bloodthirsty, and crazy and we like to kill. T...

Three Myths About the Marijuana Lobby

Rob Kampia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rob Kampia

Now that support for making marijuana legal has reached 58 percent nationwide, opponents of marijuana legalization are now trotting out arguments that were only used in impolite company years ago.

Human Rights Group Hails Alleged Torture Victim's Release

AP | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO | Posted 11.08.2013 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY -- MEXICO CITY (AP) — Human rights groups hailed on Thursday a Mexican Supreme Court decision to free a man who claimed soldiers torture...

Muslim Leader Attends Counterterrorism Seminar, Nearly Gets Banned

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY -- OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The leader of a Muslim advocacy group in Oklahoma attended a law enforcement seminar Friday at the state Capit...